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Hesburgh admitted to hospital, then released

Justin Tardiff | Tuesday, November 22, 2005

University President Emeritus Father Theodore Hesburgh suffered a fall last Thursday that left him hospitalized for three days before being released Saturday, University spokesman Matt Storin said Monday.

Hesburgh, 88, fell down in his Holy Cross Hall residence Thursday night and was admitted to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in South Bend, Storin said.

Storin declined to comment on Hesburgh’s condition while the president emeritus was in the hospital, but said he was released Saturday morning.

Storin and Hesburgh’s assistant Melanie Chapleau both declined comment on the specific nature of the injury Hesburgh sustained. But Chapleau said the injury was “minor.”

Storin and Chalpeau said the president emeritus returned to work Monday.

“He’s doing fine, is back at work today, and this accident will not affect his schedule going forward,” Storin said.

Hesburgh served as the 15th president of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987. He has held 16 U.S. presidential appointments and has earned 150 honorary degrees from colleges across the country, the most ever awarded to one person. Since stepping down as president, Hesburgh has remained at Notre Dame, working in his office on the 13th floor of the Hesburgh library named in his honor.

The Observer was unable to reach Hesburgh for comment Monday.